As a player, Kenny Jackett was the archetypal one-club man, displaying a loyalty which has remained throughout his footballing career by making 337 league appearances for his home town club Watford, scoring 25 goals.
He was a key part of the Hornets side which finished runners-up in the top flight in the 1982/83 season and appeared in the defeat to Everton in the 1984 FA Cup Final.
Jackett also picked up 31 caps for Wales.
A knee injury brought an early end to his career at the age of 28 in 1990, but he remained with Watford in coaching roles, going on to be both Head Coach and assistant manager to Graham Taylor.
As assistant to Taylor, Jackett helped mastermind two successive promotions up to the Barclays Premier League in the 1999/2000 campaign.
After leaving Watford at the end of the 2000/01 season, Jackett worked as assistant to Ian Holloway at Queen’s Park Rangers, again playing a part in a promotion, this time from League One.
It was in 2004 that Jackett joined Swansea where he is credited with beginning the reversal in fortunes that has seen the Welsh side now established in the Premier League and winning the Capital One Cup in the 2012/13 season.
His first season saw Swansea win promotion from League Two, before losing on penalties against Barnsley in the League One play-off final the following year, although there was consolation in winning the Football League Trophy, beating Carlisle at the Millennium Stadium.
Jackett departed Swansea in February, 2007, after which Roberto Martinez took over, and after a spell as reserve team coach at Manchester City was soon back in the hotseat at Millwall in November, 2007.
And, as with Swansea, when he left Millwall in the summer of 2013 he did so with the club in a far better condition than when he joined.
In the 2008/09 season the Lions were beaten League One play-off finalists against Scunthorpe but 12 months later they made no mistake, beating Swindon in the final at Wembley.
Three successive seasons in the Championship with Millwall including a play-off push in the first – and FA Cup semi final in the last – as Jackett’s Lions were edged out by eventual winners Wigan at Millwall in April, 2013.
Jackett’s resignation at the New Den was accepted at the end of the 2012/13 season after he stated he was looking for a new challenge after five-and-a-half years with the Club.
By that stage he was the longest serving manager in the Championship and sixth longest throughout the four divisions.
After a rigorous recruitment process it was Jackett who came through to be named as Wolves’ Head Coach on May 31, 2013, being officially introduced at a press conference on June 3.
Jackett revealed he was both “proud and delighted” at landing the role, and vowed to prove himself to the Wolves fans as he aimed to bring back more successful times after back-to-back relegations.
And that he did in his very first season, leading Wolves to the Sky Bet League One title with the team breaking several club and league records along the way. He was named as the Joint League One Manager of the Year by the LMA along with Leyton Orient's Russell Slade.
In the following 2014/15 campaign, Wolves marked their return to the Championship by just missing out on the play-offs, denied only by goal difference. During the season he also became the quickest ever Wolves gaffer to chalk up 50 league victories, coming from his first 86 games at the helm.
Assistant Head Coach
Joe Gallen arrived as Wolves’ new Assistant Head Coach in June, 2013, reuniting his successful working relationship with Kenny Jackett.
Gallen, the eldest of three footballing brothers – Kevin and Stephen completing the set – represented Watford, Exeter and Shrewsbury as a player and the Republic of Ireland Under-21s.
A back injury ended his career at the age of 26, but from there he quickly moved into a coaching career and had completed all his qualifications by the age of 28.
Having worked at all levels of the club both at QPR and Millwall, as well as assistant manager at Exeter City, Gallen has built up an impressive reputation particularly for his work with younger players.
As Jackett’s right hand man at Millwall for several years, the club secured promotion from League One and consolidation in the Championship, including a run to the FA Cup Semi Finals at Wembley in 2013 where the Lions were edged out by eventual winners Wigan.
And the duo reunited that working relationship to positive effect at Molineux, Gallen playing his part as Wolves stormed to the 2013/14 Sky Bet League One title and then narrowly missed out on reaching the Championship play-offs the following year.
First Team Coach
Rob Edwards was appointed as Wolves’ first team coach during the summer of 2015, having spent a successful year previously as Under-18 Head Coach.
The appointment followed his excellent work with the club's young talent, which caught the eye of senior Head Coach Kenny Jackett and prompted the promotion to the senior ranks to support Jackett and Assistant Head Coach Joe Gallen.
Edwards had landed the Under-18 role after a year spent continuing to pick up his coaching qualifications whilst also working within the Academies at both Wolves and Manchester City.
Edwards enjoyed an extensive playing career prior to retiring in the latter stages of 2013, starting in the Premier League with Aston Villa, and was capped by Wales at international level.
He also spent four years as a player at Wolves from 2004 to 2008, chalking up over a century of appearances, and was delighted to return to the club in a coaching capacity.
Edwards had arrived with the desire for the team to produce attacking and attractive football, as part of the new overall philosophy at the club to produce a consistent style of play through all levels from youth to senior.
The Under-18s made considerable progress during the season under Edwards' command, and several among their number then moved on to feature for the first team during the following pre-season.
Pat Mountain arrived at Molineux to take over as goalkeeping coach in the summer of 2008.
Prior to arriving at Wolves, he had worked with Cardiff's Academy and with Wales under-21s as well as with Cheltenham and Hereford under well-known former Wolves figures Keith Downing and Graham Turner respectively.
As a player Pat started out with Cardff before moving on to Barry Town where he picked up UEFA Cup experience.
A Welsh under-21 international himself, he also turned out for Yeovil Town and Newport County before three serious knee injuries led to early retirement at the age of 27.
From that setback however Pat was able to focus all his attentions on honing his coaching skills, and is now charged with the task of looking after Wolves' impressive array of keepers, which in recent years has included the likes of Wayne Hennessey, Carl Ikeme, Marcus Hahnemann and Dorus De Vries.
Pat was the youngest coach ever to complete both UEFA's outfield and goalkeeping coaching 'A' licences.
Head of Football Development and Recruitment
As part of the new footballing structure at Wolves, Kevin Thelwell was appointed as Head of Football Development and Recruitment in January, 2013.
Kevin was promoted having spent almost six years as the club’s Academy manager.
Kevin arrived at Wolves as Academy boss in April, 2008.
Previously he had worked at Derby County where - at just 32 years of age- he became the youngest Academy Manager in the country.
He combined this academy role with that of acting first team coach, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League in his first season via the play offs.
He briefly took the reins of the Rams' first team as caretaker manager when they parted company with Billy Davies.
Players signed by Kevin at Derby including Mark O’Brien and Jeff Hendrick have since progressed through the Academy to make notable appearances in the Derby first team.
Before moving to Pride Park in 2006 Kevin was Director of Youth Development at Preston North End where in his first season the youth team won the Football League National Youth Alliance Cup.
During this time Kevin successfully completed a Bsc (Hons) degree in Sport Science before going on to also complete the LMA/PFA Certificate in Applied Management for Football Managers at Warwick University.
He holds the UEFA Pro Licence, the highest coaching qualification in football, and has previously spent four years with the Football Association of Wales as Director of Coach Education leading the prestigious UEFA 'A' and Pro Licence courses for coaches and managers working within the professional game.
He has continued this coach education role at Wolves, providing ongoing training and development for coaches at Wolves as well as setting up a coaches association for a large number of coaches from local junior clubs.
Kevin combined his coach education role at FAW with that of National Youth Team Coach for the Under 16 National Team working with players such as Aaron Ramsey and Chris Gunter.
During his time at the club Kevin has also driven the Academy to continue to develop and improve its programme with scholars such as David Davis, Anthony Forde, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Danny Batth, Jack Price, Jamie Reckord and James Spray forcing their way into the first team squads with Johnny Gorman also becoming one of the youngest players in history to earn senior recognition with Northern Ireland.
It was confirmed in July 2012, under Kevin’s stewardship that the Academy at Wolves had been reclassified as a Category One Academy improving our status to one of the top 20 academies in the Country.
Head of Recruitment
The highly experienced John Marshall joined Wolves as Head of Recruitment prior to the start of the 2015/16 season.
Marshall has worked in football all his life as player, coach, scout and then Head of Recruitment before taking over at Molineux.
As a player, he was a one-club man, making over 500 appearances for Fulham, then going on to coach both the youth team and first team at Craven Cottage, later becoming Chief Scout.
Two separate spells with England for the FA – the most recent lasting almost nine years – have been interspersed with Head of Recruitment roles at Leicester City and Nottingham Forest, and he only left the City Ground due to a change in personnel after Stuart Pearce’s departure during the 2014/15 season. His role scouting for England spanned the age groups from senior team downwards and included attending three World Cup Finals.
Taking over as Head of Recruitment at Wolves also meant Marshall was to some degree able to come ‘home’, having lived in Wolverhampton for a decade prior to being appointed.
Head of Emerging Talent
Having previously worked at Wolves as an intern, Chris joined the club on a permanent basis in March, 2012.
His job initially focused on recruitment analysis as well as assisting first team match analyst Phil Boardman.
Chris, who completed a BSc in Sports Science Coaching, has previously worked in Performance Analysis with West Bromwich Albion and Worcester University's football and basketball teams.
An FA qualified coach, Chris has also coached in schools and has run his own soccer camps, as well as picking up a Talent Identification Award.
As part of the restructuring of the backroom staff in January 2013, Chris was promoted to the role of Technical Recruitment Officer, playing a key role in the scouting and recruitment side at all levels of the club.
In September, 2015, he was promoted to the newly-created role of Head of Emerging Talent, with a particular focus on the recruitment of players aged 21 and under, to supplement those emerging through the Academy.
Steve first joined Wolves as security to the team at the start of the Premier League season of 2003/04.
Since then he has continued to work for the club as a team assistant.
The role is mainly focused around assisting with the kit at home and away matches at every first team fixture, while in the summer of 2011 he became a full-time kit man, taking on main responsibilities for the kit at the Compton training ground.
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Assistant Club Secretary
Alison joined Wolves in 2005 as assistant club secretary having spent 12 years at West Bromwich Albion.Her job at Wolves entails assisting club secretary Richard Skirrow on football related issues whilst also carrying out other duties in relation to the general running of the club.
At The Hawthorns Alison fulfilled a dual role, providing assistance to the club secretary on the football side of the business while also working as PA to the manager and first team squad.